The Alliance for Excellent Education
Presents a Webinar
Assessments of Deeper Learning:
The Costs and the Benefits
Linda Darling-Hammond, EdD, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education,
Stanford University; Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
Gene Wilhoit, Partner, Student Achievement Partners
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
The Common Core State Standards will require new assessments that measure students’ abilities to design and conduct investigations, analyze data, draw valid conclusions, and report findings—the kinds of deeper learning competencies necessary in the twenty-first century. But developing these new assessments poses challenges, particularly around funding. How can states and districts support the development and implementation of new assessments that might be more costly than current tests? What might make these assessments more affordable?
The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar to explore findings from a new study from the Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) at Stanford University that answers questions related to the challenges posed by new Common Core State Standards assessment requirements. It provides data on what states and districts currently spend on tests, showing that education systems currently spend more than is commonly believed. And it offers options for reducing costs for high-quality assessments.
Linda Darling-Hammond, director of SCOPE and coauthor of the study, explained the study and its findings. Gene Wilhoit, partner with Student Achievement Partners, and Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, discussed its implications for state policy. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, moderated the discussion.
- Presentation (PDF)
This webinar is made possible with support from the
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.